After another beautiful morning on Koh Tao, everyone at the shop loaded their equipment onto the boat and set off for an afternoon of diving in the sun. We would be diving at Laem Thien and Hin Ngam where I would be following Jonas and Bernhard during their Open Water Diver course. The weather was great and the sea nice and calm so the journey took no time at all. We arrived at the dive site and prepared our equipment ready for our first dive of the afternoon.
Dropping down the buoy line we crossed over the field of mushroom coral and crown of thorns starfish before we arrived at the reef. Once on the reef we could slowly swim between the huge coral structures and enjoy all of the fish life there is to see at this dive site. Along the way we came across the huge resident school of bright yellow butterflyfish, some unicornfish, several scribbled filefish and a lovely orange and white nudibranch in the deeper section of the reef. The visibility in the shallower sections of the site was perfect but dropped a little as we went deeper but it was still a beautiful dive, but after almost an hour, our tanks were running low and it was time to head back to the boat and make the short journey to our second site for the day.
Arriving in the bay at Hin Ngam, we swapped over our tanks and enjoyed a nice long surface interval in the sun before jumping in for our second dive. The visibility here was no where near as good as the previous dive, however this dive site is famous for its macro life so the bad visibility was not much of a problem. The group completed the skills they needed for the dive before heading off to explore the 3 small coral bommies that make up the dive site. There is loads to see at this site including scorpionfish, loads of different shrimps as well as some beautiful polka dot nudibranchs.
With the air running low in our tanks we made our way back to the first pinnacle and climbed back on board where we packed away our equipment and started up the engines to make the journey back to the shop. Arriving back at the beach, we washed our equipment, filled in our log books and paperwork before sitting down to look through all of the photos from the day.
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